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Somehow scan comment card results into Access database

We have a comments card form that is printed and filled out by users manually.  Is it possible to scan these comments cards and somehow have the data entered into a table in an Access database?

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SteveL13Author Commented:
I probably didn't explain this one well enough.  We don't want to store the scanned images in the database.  But we do want field data to be scanned and somehow entered into the database.
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
You're looking for OCR (Optical Character Recognition) - and good luck getting something like that to interact with Access.

Access 2003 included the Microsoft Office Document Interface, but I don't know if it was included in later versions. Even at that, trying to extract handwritten content to data fields would be an exercise in futility, at best.

You might try this, if you can get hold of the necessary libraries:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/aa167607(v=office.11).aspx

Or perhaps a commercial. There's lots of stuff here: http://www.scanstore.com/Scanning/Document_Imaging/Software/OCR_Software/activex_ocr.asp

And to answer the inevitable: No, you cannot do this strictly with VBA.
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Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
You can buy one the IRIScan scanners:

http://www.irislink.com/c2-2439-189/IRIScan---Mobile-scanners---Portable---Office-scanning-devices.aspx

The deal is, that they come bundled with "Readiris Pro 14" which is a very capable piece of OCR software.
It can save the extracted text to a multitude of file formats, for example .csv which you can link directly in Access.

/gustav
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SteveL13Author Commented:
Unfortunately the information on the cards is handwritten.  This includes checkboxes that are "X'd" and a name that is handwritten.

I have a feeling this is not going to work.  

Thoughts?
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Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
That will be extremely difficult. Look for handwriting recognision tools. But they all have to learn, so if different people did the writing you are in trouble.

/gustav
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SteveL13Author Commented:
Thought so.  Thanks.
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